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What to Plant Now: Leafy Greens

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Along with traditional fall crops like mustard, turnips and collards, fall is a great time to try arugula, Chinese cabbage, and other Asian greens that have caught your eye. Leafy greens become more crisp and sweet as nights become cooler and longer. Sow the seeds where you want them to grow, and shade the seeded bed for a few days to keep it moist. See 13 Ways to Beat the Heat for a roundup of easy ways to help beds keep their cool through the dog days of August.

Contributing editor Barbara Pleasant

gardens in southwest Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, flowers and a few lucky chickens. Contact Barbara by visiting her website or finding her on .

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